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Published: Tuesday, April 29 2014 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It's interesting that Jay-Z recently wore a necklace with a large symbol from a anti-white group and it barely received any attention.

Now this guy, a prominent Democrat we should add, spouts off and he's banned for life. Jay-Z was previously a minority owner of the nets and is still heavily involved in the NBA, including as an agent of several high profile players.

We live in a world where we are hyper sensitive to white on black racism, but all too often sweep black on white racism under the rug.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

The Utah Jazz stated:

“The Jazz organization and all the teams in the NBA should act as national leaders in promoting inclusiveness and diversity."

Very well said. I hope this is a statement everyone will support.

Wally West
SLC, UT

At least, the NFL made a dog & pony show after the travesty that was bullygate in Miami.

CPA Howard
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I think it was a horrible decision. Mr. Sterling made these comments to his ex-girlfriend in private and were made public by someone (his ex girlfriend says she didn't release the conversation). He never expected these comments to be made public, because the image he presents to the world is different. Prior to the comments being made public he was scheduled to receive a life-time accheivement award from the NAACP.

The NBA should have just made a statment condeming his comments and let market place take care of the rest. If he continues to own the team it will lose value because the fans will stop buying tickets ( the Clippers aren't the only team in town); the sponsers will leave and he won't be able to attract new sponsers; he won't be able to keep his free agents; and he'll have trouble attracting good coaches.

The potential consequense listed above will case the team to lose value (he paid $12M and it's currently worth $600M) and he'll either have to sell or be forced to finance the team with his money.

jzzlvr
Salt Lake City, UT

Totally agree with Chris B!
I thought I was the only one that saw that story.
Hardly any press is given to the hate groups that other owners like Jay-Z overtly support. The anti-white five percent nation basically preach that the white man is the devil...and why isn't the NBA, it's players and owners, outraged about that?
What Donald Sterling said seemed pretty stupid/racist...but his punishment seems really harsh given that they seem to do nothing to owners like Jay-Z. I guess a little more punishment consistency would be more appropriate so it doesn't come across as a mob mentality going after just one guy.

mcdugall
Murray, UT

@Chris B - The Drudge Report is not a reliable source for information, Chris. Donald Sterling has been a registered Republican in the state of California since 1998.

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

The NBA has slid into a pit over the years, not to mention the NFL and MLB. Their leaders, owners and fans are poor role models for youngsters. We go to watch the overpaid, spoiled, ego mania, tattooed, drug hyped, and sometimes criminals players owned by morally bankrupt individuals and organizations. We flock to sports arenas to worship poor excuses for heroes. There are exceptions of course, but the value placed on what is considered great in our society is pretty sad. We read about these sad excuses for heroes in the news all to often.

David RI
SLC, UT

Miller will just get in line and support whatever the commissioner says. He can't risk being bashed by the media for having his own rational thoughts. It's interesting how Miller's statements do not represent what the majority of people in the country are saying. People who don't have to worry about being vilified by the media are the only ones that have rational comments about this. Everyone who the media can attack are just making stupid generic statements, including Miller. Don't be swayed by the media on this. Read the comments on ESPN from normal everyday Americans and you will find that most Americans find this whole story blown out of proportion and a legitimate threat to their rights behind closed doors.

pleblian
salt lake city, utah

@ChrisB,

I don't think anyone is being hyper-sensitive to Mr. Sterling's comments. If you think they are no big deal, please recognize you are in a relatively silent minority.

Jay-Z passively wearing paraphernalia of a group which is affiliated with anti-white songs is distinguished, by many significant degrees, and historical relevance, to what Mr. Sterling has done.

I find your comparison disheartening because it misses a powerful point as it attempts to push a very, very weak one.

1hemlock
Tooele, Utah

Those statements made by the owner and the attitudes behind them should never occur. That said, Jay Z and others have made offensive remarks and even racist remarks (George Zimmerman cas. Al Sharpton, Jessee Jackson etc) but they are referred to as "are only a few individuals that should know better". But President Obama weighs in and states that "We as a nation (??) have a problem with race and prejudice".
When it is some white people that show stupidity it is all of us(?) , when it is someone else, it is the individual.
So . . . maybe we DO have a problem as a nation with race and prejudice, as only "some people" can talk about it and others can't have an opinion.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Wow - some of these posts remind me of why I don't live in Utah.

Mr. Sterling has a 30 year record of racist comments, both public and private.

The fact that his club may lose value is SOLELY on his shoulders. The NBA has the right - by contract - to protect it's product. If one of the owners severely damages the league, they have the right to take action. In addition, the rest of the owners have the right, within their constitution, to revoke the ownership of any other owner that "fails to fulfill" a "contractual obligation" in "such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely."

This falls squarely within the realm of that definition. The owners have the right to protect their clubs and their investments, and can force him to sell. If they don't want to, or if they don't have the 75% support to force it, then he can sell or keep the team, whichever he wants. If he loses his sponsors and season ticket holders, if free agents don't want to play for him, if he can't get a coach - he can only blame the man in the mirror.

1978
Salt Lake City, UT

@mcdugall

Donald Sterling has only contributed money to democratic candidates and was about to receive a lifetime acheivement from the NAACP. You can claim he is a registered Republican but the fact is that he was a big time democratic party supporter. You can google the information I just posted for verification.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

"While this situation has been inexcusable, I hope it serves the greater purpose of reinforcing our vigilance against this type of behavior.”

Donald Sterling was a serial offender. Any owner expressing "outrage" now is pulling their head out of the sand and mugging for the camera.

Kareem Jabbar shared salient thoughts in Time Magazine:

"Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking.

"a lot has been revealed about Sterling’s business practices:

"2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

"2009: He reportedly paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against minorities in his rentals.

"He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?"

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Kareem continued:

"Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.

"Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. "

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Kareem continued:

"So, if we’re all going to be outraged [Greg], let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident.

"Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs."

Red
San Antonia, TX

The Mavs owner is the only one I see that is alert to being cautious.

Before you judge everyone so harshly and want to toss people out for life...just realize that sooner or later they will be coming for YOU.

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

I expect that in the interest of upholding a consistent standard, all public and private conversations of all NBA owners, coaches, players, and staff will now be recorded and checked for any kind of politically incorrect bias so that similar punishments can be handed out. Perhaps the NBA will also consider implementing a quota system for players, as there are a number of groups - gays, women, Asians, Hispanics, Jews, paraplegics, and elderly, to say nothing of whites - that are vastly underrepresented. (The preceding was sarcasm.)

Mr. Sterling has apparently made it obvious what kind of person he is, not just in the recent statements attributed to him. He has to live with himself. And all the people that work for him and associate with him have chosen to do so in spite of his known character flaws. The NBA was probably justified, but we should stop overreacting to every little thing that offends us. I'm disappointed at all the piling on. I'm not sure all of the people chiming in have never believed or said anything that would offend others.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Question, I can understand an owner being fined and criticized, but what if the owner decided to shut down the operation? Is the nba so powerful they can still run the team? Where do they get the money?

Tom in Tooele
Franklin, IN

The way Miller-the-younger has run this team in the ground, the board of Gov's may vote for 2 owners to sell their teams...

Bob01
Layton, Utah

#1. Donald Sterling is a registered Republican. Look it up. Google it. There's several news articles to back that up.

#2. The NBA is a private organization & can do what it wants according to their bylaws & rules. They're not the government. Sure he has free speech & can say what he wants in private. As soon as it became public, whether he was set up or not, the NBA has the freedom & right as a private organization to deal w/those who choose to become a part of the organization as it sees fit.

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